Spotlight On...: Las Vegas

MAIN EVENT Notre Dame de Paris, a splashy, messy spectacle for a town that's desperate to outgrow its tacky past

SIDESHOW Josh and his chimp Tarzan, street performers near Harrah's casino

It boasts the world's biggest Coke bottle, toy store and edifice complex. Now Las Vegas, having grown up so fast, wants to outgrow its tacky past. The new Venetian, Bellagio, Paris and Mandalay Bay hotels conjure fantasy excursions to faraway places--a gondola ride through an indoor canal ($12), say, or a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower ($8). The frantic theming and ubiquitous Wolfgang Puck eateries--which make Vegas...

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